Séance - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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2.66/5 rDev -15.8%
Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.
Nothing like a beer to accompany lone viewings of romantic comedies, amiright? (*sniff*) Anyway, this stuff pours a sunset sienna-topaz topped by a finger-and-a-half of khaki foam. The nose comprises toasted wheat bread and a bit of what seems like charred sesame seeds. The taste holds notes of fennel, lightly-toasted rye bread, the vaguest possible sense of fruit in the distance, and a pinch of cardamom. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I'm not sure I fully get where Magic Hat was going with this. I mean, it could be construed as a "black saison" or something to that effect, but there's zero trace of the base style here. If anything, it's more like an odd brown ale or dark mild or something along those lines, 'cause there's no sense of Belgian-like yeast, there's little to no farmhouse-ness, and the maltiness, rather than balancing or playing off of the aforementioned missing parts, dominates the proceedings, precluding any future cooperation. Suffice it to say, I did not enjoy this, neither as a saison nor as anything else.
09-22-2013 06:17:54 | More by TMoney2591
3.35/5 rDev +6%
2013 Artisans Craft Beer Festival.
A: Served a dark brown color with a firm tan head.
S: Aroma of roasted malt, fruity, bit of yeast and earthy.
T: Taste of roasted malt, dark fruit, trace of yeast and spice. Mild bitterness and a tart finish.
F: Medium body, smooth with a bit of a creamy texture.
O: Interesting beer that does not come across as a typical Saison.
09-21-2013 16:10:30 | More by soju6
4.6/5 rDev +45.6%
This brew pours black in color with a two finger tan head which lasts for several minuets. Moderate carbonation and medium to high lacing which stays on the glass until the end.
The smell is fruity, nutty and earthy. Heavy with roasted and sweet malts. Some chocolate and maybe brown sugar.
The taste follows the nose with sweet and then roasted malts dominating. There is a bitter element, similar to coffee. Fruits and nuts come in in the middle then light spiced hops appear on the back end. All very well balanced.
The mouthfeel is thin and creamy; very drinkable. Some, not much, bitterness left in the mouth after swallowing.
Overall this a very well balanced beer. A little different than your usual Saison due to it being dark with very thick roasted/burnt malts. It is an interesting mix from Magic Hat; I would buy it again.
09-20-2013 20:08:11 | More by microbrewlover
3.64/5 rDev +15.2%
Bottle -> Wine Glass
A: Coffee-brown with an orange hue, unfiltered haze, little sediment, head quickly dissipates.
S: Roasted coffee, malty, dark chocolate, earthy.
T: Black coffee bitterness, malt chocolate, smoky (wood smoke).
M: Surprisingly light to medium body with fairly high CO2.
O: Packs a light of flavor for such a light mouth feel. I love coffee so I can appreciate the bitterness and coffee undertones. Reminds me a lot of a stout. Little too smoky for my liking. Interesting for Magic Hat indeed.
09-20-2013 00:59:39 | More by I3eck
3.76/5 rDev +19%
Seance from Magic Hat pours a surprisingly muddy brown color with a decent khaki colored head. (for some reason I did not think this was a dark Saison) The liquid is actually revealed to be almost as light as a raw umber hue when held up to light. There is some evidence of carbonation, too. The aroma is pleasant and inviting. I nice bouquet of lavender and spice, cherries, eucalyptus, lemon, and toasty bread scents fill my nostrils. The flavor is quite similar to the aroma, revealing only a little more. The toastiness in the aroma comes off as smoky, and the cherry sweetness dominates a little more. I do happen to like the way those two bigger aspects blend though. There's a yeasty farmhouse flavor present enough as well. The herbal finish comes off a little sharp with a tingling sensation. It's got a pretty light mouthfeel to it. Overall though, this is very unusual but I would say worth trying. It is one of the beers in Magic Hat's roster that has a bit more substance.
09-18-2013 07:22:41 | More by Neorebel
Séance from Magic Hat Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.